What Does Legacy Mean? Peyton Manning says he doesn’t really know.

Peyton Manning says he doesn’t know what Legacy means, do you?

At the NFL’s 2014 Media Day for Super Bowl XLVIII the Denver Broncos record-setting
quarterback was asked about his legacy, which he basically declined to speak about.

I’ve been asked about my legacy since I was about 25 years old, which I’m not sure you can have a legacy when you’re 25 years old or even 37,” Manning said.  “I thought you had to be like 70 to have a legacy.  I’m not 100 percent sure what the word even means.”

Below you can actually take a look for yourself if you did not see the actual interview:

So here is the actual dictionary definitionLegacy – noun:  something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past.

According to the renowned psychotherapist Erik K. Erickson, Peyton Manning is normal and just like almost every other person when it comes to the timing and age of internalizing and understanding our legacy and our connection to those who will come behind us.

Erikson who is most famous for coining the phrase “Identity Crisis” also gave us the term “Generativity” as the 7th of 8 Stages of Human Development Generativity vs. Stagnation which occurs between the ages of 35-64.

Generativity is the ability to generate anything tangible that will exist beyond one’s earthly life; particularly when exhibiting a need to nurture and guide younger people and contribute to the next generation.  The adult stage of generativity has broad application to family, relationships, work, and society.  Eriskson said, “Generativity, then is primarily the concern in establishing and guiding the next generation… the concept is meant to include… productivity and creativity.”

There are five primary categories of Generativity, they are:

1) Biological – the act of making a child;

2) Parental – the act of raising a child;

3) Technical – the creation of tangible works that will maintain an existence beyond your life, (i.e., paintings, writings, or a business organization);

4) Cultural – the creational of a meaning belief or value system that is passed on to others; and,

5) Societal – the ability to create societal change and/or reform, (i.e., Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Jr., et. al.).

Now we have covered Legacy and thrown in Generativety as a bonus, which begs the question, “What is Your Legacy?”


Legacy Wisdom – Jeff Goins


“[T]here is a greater lesson to be learned by this man’s life and from any hero who falls. The lesson is this: You cannot delegate influence. You cannot defer your story to another. It is yours and yours alone.”. — Jeff Goins

Source:  On Joe Paterno, Life, Art, & Legacy | Goins, Writer

Legacy Wisdom – Dorothy Canfield Fisher

“If we would only give the same amount of reflection to what we want out of life that we give to the question of what to do with a two weeks’ vacation, we would be startled at our false standards and the aimless procession of our busy days.”

— Dorothy Canfield Fisher

source:  “Creating Your Personal Life Plan: A Step-by-Step Guide for Designing the Life You’ve Always Wanted” By: Michael Hyatt

Legacy Wisdom – Sheree Bykofsky

“No amount of external validation can force an unhappy person to be happy.  By the same token, if you choose to follow your own path, and create your own criteria for happiness, no amount of external adversity can “force” you to become unhappy.” ~ Sheree Bykofsky – “Me Five Years From Now”

Legacy Wisdom – Iris Origo

“I believe that every life, irrespective of its events and setting, holds something of unique value, which it should be possible to communicate if only one can for see one’s experiences honestly and then set them down without to much dressing-up.  — Iris Origo, Images and Shadows

Legacy Wisdom – Walter D. Wintle

Thinking, (a.k.a. – The Man Who Thinks He Can)

 published ca. 1900


If you think you are beaten, you are.

If you think you dare not, you don’t.

If you’d like to win but you think you can’t,

It’s almost a cinch you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,

For out of the world we find

Success begins with a fellow’s will –

It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are;

You’ve got to think high to rise;

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before

You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battle doesn’t always go

To stronger or faster men;

But sooner or later the man who wins,

Is the one who thinks he can.

                                                    By:  Walter D. Wintle


(Special thanks to Cheryl A. Mobley-Stimpson, the PhillySportsMom for introducing us to this wonderful poem.)

Legacy Wisdom – Jim Rohn

For every disciplined effort there is a multiple reward.

Jim Rohn

1.  How has this applied to your life’s pursuits?
2.  If you shared one story from your life that provided an example of this statement’s truth, what story would you share?


Legacy Wisdom – Vista M. Kelly

Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.

– Vista M. Kelly


1)  When you read this quote what does it immediately bring to mind? 

2)  Do your thoughts change when asked to apply this quote to your family and future generations?

Legacy Wisdom – W.E.B. Du Bois to Yolande Du Bois

New York, October 29, 1914

“The main thing is the YOU beneath the clothes and skin – the ability to do, the will to conquer, the determination to understand and know this great, wonderful, curious world.”

Excerpt from letter written by W.E.B. DuBois to his only daughter, Yolande, in 1914 when she was nearly 14 years old and a student at the Besales School in England.



W. E. B. Du Bois, in 1918